Well, what a FAB afternoon!
As you'll probably already know from my previous posts, we're launching a fantastic kit on tuesday night with beautiful artwork from The Snowman and Father Christmas, and because we've been so busy with the Mulberry Wood Pick of the Week, i've not had any time to get crafty with this new kit, until today!
So it was literally all hands to the pump this morning as I needed to rally round all the help I could get!!! So I brought in the reserves!!! My friend (and now colleague!) Louise lives just up the road, and has been on our design team for a few years, and recently joined our staff full time, and when I heard she had no plans for the day, she saw drafted in! (I say 'my friend' - she was Leann's friend originally, but since we were introduced, we've now adopted her into the CC family!!)
Then there's Auntie Margaret - she's not really my auntie, but I adopted her as an auntie a few years ago!! She's been coming to our Craftaganza event for years, and was a local customer of ours. Well we became friends over the years, and she also recently became one of our designers, and she also (conveniently!) lives just down the road, so she got the 'phone call' too!!
And of course the lovely Pam who again was a local customer of ours, and became a friend over the years, and recently has become an invaluable member of the DT (you'll often hear me talking about her on C&C - her cards are always the spectacular ones that no-one can work out how to do and she's forever writing tutorials for us on her blog bless her!)
Anyway, this was my kitchen just before we came to tidy up - yes it looks like a crafty bomb had hit it!!!
We've had an intensive 'craftathon' for the past 5 hours, and as we were making cards, we kept lining them up along the kitchen worktops, to the point where we could no longer get to the kettle!!!
My word though we've had the most fun!!! It has been great to all get together and share inspiration, and teach each other new techniques!
And we've got some gorgeous cards to show you! Make sure you tune in for the launch on Tuesday evening (Ideal World at 9pm, then again at 11pm!)
Now, as well as my friends, I also invited round my mum and my nana - because I'm always trying to get my nana into crafting, and my mum loves it when she does it, but doesn't have the confidence to set to on her own very often, so I knew it would be a great oportunity to all sit down together and have fun crafting!
Look at these two cards that my Nana made - I'm so incredibly proud of her! These were her first attempts EVER at cardmaking, and I think she did phenomenally well!!!
And once she'd eased herself in, she say Margaret making a gatefold and that was it she was off wanting to try one of those! So just look how she got on...
And my mum had seen one of the cards on this weekends Mulberry Wood shows - it was one of Pam's, and it was a big A4 double fronted gatefold with a full scene inside, so she decided she wanted to emulate it (and remember, my mam is very much a 'beginner crafter' but I think she did marvellously well!
The scene of the snowman flying across the the night sky looks stunning, and although this picture just doesn't do it justice, the foiling on the cardstock is just spectacular
Then I don't want to show you many of the ones I did, because I want to save them to show you on the show, but here's just a couple - I especially love this one with Father Christmas on (and it was just a quickie I threw together)
And I also wanted to do one with the full scene on the inside at A4 size (t looks way better in real life, make sure you catch one fo the shows and I'll show you)
Then guess what..... so many people have been in contact (via facebook, twitter, emails, calls into the office etc!) to ask about the peel-a-boo card that Pam had made for the Mullberry Wood show, so she showed me how to make it and we made one for the Snowman Kit.
Now only that, but Pam (who is writing a tutorial for this as I type which she'll put on her blog) has also helped me prep one to do as a demonstration on one of the shows - so i'll be showing you how ot make this card on one of Wednesday's shows (8am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm on deal World, and 12, 3pm, 5pm on Create & Craft).
Then, to thank the girls for coming to my rescue thisafternoon, I took them all for afternoon tea...
Anyway, it's been a fabulous afternoon. My Mam still can't quite get over that we were making christmas cards in July, but she's enjoyed herself nevertheless!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Love Sara xxx